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About Kristi Holstein
Music Teacher, Master
Location: Charleston, WV
Instructs: Cello, String Bass, Viola, Violin
Education: Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance - West Virginia University, May 2014 Master of Music in Violin Performance - University of Texas at Arlington, May 2016
Performance Experience: While living in California Kristi performed in a number of venues across Southern and Central California including Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Belasco Theater, and The Palace Theater. She participated in high-profile performances such as Yeethoven II, The Music of Flying Lotus, and Lukewarm Water: LIVE with Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap. Kristi often spends her summers performing in music festivals across the United States and Europe.
Teaching Experience: Private teaching: 7 years Group/classroom teaching: 5 years
Teaching Philosophy: I tailor my instruction to each student by selecting materials appropriate for each individual rather than expecting everyone to thrive following a singular, static method. I believe learning to read sheet music is important because once a student has basic reading skills they can search for music to their favorite songs and play along! I prioritize moving through material quickly to engage with a wide range of notes/rhythms/patterns rather than spending weeks on perfecting a single piece.
Get to know Kristi Holstein
Kristi Holstein was born in Charleston, West Virginia and began playing violin at age 7. Her private studies began at 13 with West Virginia Symphony musician Margie Cooper, wife of Maestro Grant Cooper. She participated in many honor festivals, All State, and Solo and Ensemble competitions throughout high school and attended West Virginia University on a full scholarship. She received her Bachelor of Music degree summa cum laude from West Virginia University and her Master of Music from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has lived and worked on the California Central Coast for the last four years where she was a teaching artist with many Santa Barbara Symphony education programs, orchestral assistant and music librarian for Santa Barbara Strings, and orchestra coach for Santa Barbara County schools. She has won orchestral positions with the American Youth Symphony and Young Musicians Foundation Debut Chamber Orchestra in Los Angeles and regularly performed with the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society, San Luis Obispo Symphony, Opera San Luis Obispo, and many other organizations on the Central Coast of California. Kristi spends her summers abroad in the US and Europe participating in orchestral and chamber music festivals. She is a founding member of the Folk Orchestra of Santa Barbara and held a principal position in the ensemble since its creation in 2017 - first as principal second violin, later as principal viola. She is an active orchestral and chamber musician and maintains a private violin and viola studio. Kristi plans to open her own instrument repair shop to bring quality and affordable repair services closer to home for West Virginia string musicians.